Framingham Recycles: Visit CHARM

Editor’s Note: This is a weekly column by the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Framingham. Residents can submit questions to Recycling Coordinator Stephen Sarnosky via SOURCE at


By Stephen Saranosky

FRAMINGHAM – With the New Year quickly approaching, many people would like to ring it in by cleaning out their basements or garages as part of a New Year’s resolution.

It’s almost inevitable that you will find something you’d like to dispose of and probably know that it shouldn’t go into your recycle or trash cart? But what do to with it? These items could include old car batteries, lubricants or tires?

Not by chance, the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works
maintains, at the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC), the “Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHARM).

Located at 255 Mt Wayte Ave, CHARM is open Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts recyclables that you would otherwise have difficulty disposing.

For an annual RDC permit fee of $20, a resident can bring the following items to the RDC and many of them are free of charge:

 Automotive Waste such as used motor oil and cooking oil and antifreeze. Brake fluid is considered a hazardous waste and is not accepted.
 Bulky Ridged Plastics, which includes items like lawn and patio furniture, children’s toys, heavy gauge buckets like those sold at home improvement centers, milk crates (blocks),
swing sets, and storage containers.
 Bulk Carpeting over 4×6. $25 fee.
 Propane Tanks-20lb class. $5 fee.
 Automobile and household recyclable batteries.
 Kitchen appliances: stoves, washing machines and dishwashers.
 Freon containing items: refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. $15 fee.
 Bulky Items such as mattresses, box springs, and household furniture.
 Mercury bearing products including fluorescent lights and bulbs, dental mercury and thermostats.
 Clothing and Textiles.
 TVs and computer monitors. $15.

Disposing of your hard to recycle material has never been easier at the CHARM. Please visit the Framingham Sanitation website for more information about how to handle your disposal needs.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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